The culinary star of Lawrence has been shining brightly, not only with the fare at local restaurants and cafés, but also with the bounty of summer gardens. You can plan a trip to Lawrence around a food preparation class and bring your newly developed skills home with you. And enjoy a night on the town before the students return.
The Merc Co+op offers an array of food preparation classes to the public with 13 scheduled in its dedicated cooking classroom during August. The offerings include “South of France Cooking,” Aug. 17; “Summer Italian Dinner Party,” Aug. 18; “Refreshing Summer Salads,” Aug. 24; and “Healing Foods,” Aug. 28. The community-supported facility has been a part of Lawrence since 1974 and operates a full-service grocery store and deli that feature organic and local foods.
Register for classes on The Merc Co+op website, or by calling 785-843-8544 or in person at the store, 901 Iowa St.
Where to Dine
A broad and deep menu keeps Lawrence residents coming back to this chef-driven island of sophistication downtown. The cuisine changes with the seasons.715 Massachusetts St.,785-856-7150
The Basil Leaf Café
An unpretentious establishment located in part of a gas station. Ample portions of dependably delicious Italian-inspired dishes. What it lacks in atmosphere is made up in the flavors. Great for take-out. 616 W. 9th St., 785-856-0459
Wheatfields Bakery Café
One of the best breakfasts in the Midwest can be consumed here, with cinnamon rolls to write home about. Fresh-baked bread and desserts complete the aromas. A long-time Lawrence staple. 904 Vermont St., 785-841-5553
Where to Stay
A historic hotel conveniently located in downtown Lawrence. The all-suite hotel is completely restored to its 1925 grandeur. Suites from $166/night. 701 Massachusetts St.
A charming bed-and-breakfast inn located between downtown and the KU campus. Good spot for some quiet unwinding after a great meal. Rooms from $125/night. 1000 Ohio St.
Located adjacent to the KU campus. Many of the contemporary-styled rooms have sweeping views. Rooms from $159/night. 1200 Oread Ave.,